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Coblentz Bautch
St. Edward's University
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Early Judaism, Early Christianity, Apocalypticism, Pseudepigrapha, Women in Antiquity, Enochic Literature, 1 Maccabees, Deuterocanonical Books/Apocrypha, Angelology and Demonology, Mysticism
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About Me

Kelley Coblentz Bautch, PhD, is Professor of Religious Studies at St. Edward’s University. Her research interests include the history and religions of Israel during the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods, pseudepigraphical and apocalyptic texts, textual criticism, and the interpretation of Scripture. The publications of Dr. Coblentz Bautch take up geographical traditions in antiquity, Enochic literature, representations of gender in antiquity, otherworldly beings (angels and demons) in Jewish imagination, and 1 Maccabees. Her current leadership roles include serving on the Program Committee for the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Biblical Literature, on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature and Early Judaism and Its Literature Series, as Vice-Director of the Enoch Seminar, as co-chair of the Pseudepigrapha section of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Annual Meeting and as President of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology. Peers have recognized her scholarship, teaching and advising by means of juried awards.

Recent Publications

(covering last five years, 2013-2018; for more extensive list and earlier publications, see website)

In preparation, Invitation to the Pseudepigrapha

With Daniel Assefa. “Did the Sheep Worship the Golden Calf? The Animal Apocalypse’s Reading of Exodus 32.” in The Reception of Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Edited by A. J. Lucas, E. Lupieri, and E. F. Mason. Themes in Biblical Narrative. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2018.

“Panopolitanus and Its Relationship to other Greek Witnesses of the Book of the Watchers.” Pages 72-86 in “Wisdom Poured Out Like Water”: Essays in Honor of Gabriele Boccaccini. Edited by J. H. Ellens, I. W. Oliver, J. von Ehrenkrook, J. Waddell, J. Zurawski. Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Studies 38.  Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming 2018.

With Jack Weinbender. “Authoritative Scriptures (Other Texts).” Pages 278-83 in T&T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Ed. G. J. Brooke and C. Hempel. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.

“Esther.” Pages 390-97 in Paulist Biblical Commentary. Ed. R. Clifford SJ, C. Dempsey OP and E. Schuller, OSU. New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2018.

“Spatiality and Apocalyptic Literature,” Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 5 (2016): 273-288

“Mysticism Imagined: Major Ideas and Perspectives of Mystics.” Pages 361-376 in Secret Religion: Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism. Ed. A. DeConick. MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks on Religion. Cengage Learning, MacMillan, 2016.

“What is “the Bible”? Pages 169-81 in The Bible in Political Debate What Does it Really Say? Edited by F. Flannery and R. Werline. Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.

“Heavenly Beings in the Enoch Traditions and Synoptic Gospels.” Pages 105-127 in Enoch and the Synoptic Gospels: Reminiscences, Allusions, Intertextuality. Edited by L. Stuckenbruck and G. Boccaccini. Early Judaism and its Literature. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2016.

“Tobit,” “Judith,” “1 Maccabees” — Reading Guides. The Catholic Study Bible. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Ed. J. J. Collins. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kyrios Christos in light of Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Second Temple Judaism,” Early Christianity 6 (2015): 30-50.

“Concealment, Pseudepigraphy and the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity,” Aries – Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism 15 (2015): 1-8.

“The Pseudo-Clementine Homilies’ Use of Jewish Pseudepigrapha.” Pages 337-50 in Rediscovering the Apocryphal Continent: New Perspectives on Early Christian and Late Antique Apocryphal Texts and Traditions. Edited by P. Piovanelli and T. Burke. WUNT 349; Mohr Siebeck, 2015.

Editor with Angela Kim Harkins and John Endres. Fallen Angels Traditions: Second Temple Developments and Reception History. CBQMS 53. Washington, D. C.: Catholic Biblical Association of America, 2014.

Editor with Angela Kim Harkins and John Endres, The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014.

“‘Awaiting New Heavens and a New Earth’: The Apocalyptic Imagination of 1-2 Peter and Jude.” Pages 63-82 in Reading 1-2 Peters and Jude: A Resource for Students. Edited by E. F. Mason and T. Martin. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

“The Fall and Fate of Renegade Angels: The Intersection of Watchers Traditions and the Book of Revelation.” Pages 69-93 in Fallen Angels Traditions: Second Temple Developments and Reception History (see above).

“Obscured by the Scriptures, Revealed by the Prophets: God in the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies.” Pages 120-136 in Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions. Gnostica. Edited by A. D. DeConick and G. Adamson. Durham: Acumen, 2013.

“Textual Criticism: Apocrypha and Deuterocanonical Books.” Pages 371–79 in The [Oxford] Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation. Volume 2. Edited by S. L. McKenzie; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“ירושלם  (Jerusalem).” Pages 275-282 in Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten (ThWQ; Theological Dictionary of the Qumran Texts). Volume 2. Edited by H.-J. Fabry and U. Dahmen. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2013.

“ים (Sea).” Pages 153-158 in Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten (ThWQ; Theological Dictionary of the Qumran Texts). Volume 2. Edited by H.-J. Fabry and U. Dahmen. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2013.

Media Coverage
Banned from the Bible
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Religion, Women